I wanted to open a general board for feedback on the actual testing tools (not content). I have some thoughts following the exam I took this afternoon (though it was cut short by a glitch in the system, coincidentally!)
- The exam takes a few seconds to load each question, even when it's a new question for the same case study. The time spent loading questions felt excsssive and may be eating into actual exam time.
- the hot spot questions seemed to work pretty well, but they appear at the bottom of the screen below the question making it difficult to view the image. They should appear to the right of the questions so both can be up on the screen at the same time.
- Case studies had a similar problem. The questions appeared below the reference documents, but you have to scroll down past the reference documents to read the questions and then back up to the documents to refer to the content. All information should be displayed on the screen at once to avoid having to scroll back and forth between the two.
- The reference documents for the case studies worked okay, but they always sized wrong and appeared too zoomed in. I found myself wasting lot space of time resizing the document to see a more reasonable amount of information in one view (it looked like size 20 font some times).
- when you click back and forth between questions in a case study, it resets the view of the reference documents. I found myself finding information in a document that applied to a previous question, hitting the previous question button, and discovering the relavent information I had found was wiped off my screen to return to the default view.
- the highlight and strike out tools, in theory, are awesome. But they don't work well and it tends up taking a lot of time to use them. If they were more intuitive and easier to use, they would make the process of distilling information from the exam questions much more approachable.
- Generally, I found the questions physical format on the screen difficult to read. Lines of text representing the question spanned all the way across the screen from left to right before starting a new line. It meant a question which would have been easier to read in a small paragraph type format spread the whole screen on two lines. It just made the question difficult to read. A more compact grouping of text would be better.
- the in-exam calculator is terrible. No ifs ands or buts about it. Having no number pad capability meant I was clicking numbers with my mouse while looking down at my scratch paper and looking up to realize I must have accidentally clicked a button I hadn't intended on clicking.
- Also with the calculator, having no log of the calculations you perform on it means that every time you perform simple math with the calculator, you have to stop, write down the number, do the next part in the calculator, stop, write it down, and then when you're all done you have to plug your numbers back in. All they while you're looking down at your scratch paper and dealing with the accidental click issue of the point above.
- the case study questions should be numbered in the same sequence as the rest of the test. When my test started, it dumped me right into the case studies, but because it started with number 1, I assumed that was the beginning of the test. It wasn't until finishing both case studies that I realized it had skipped the first 60 questions and I wasted my precious (already reduced) time answering the slowest questions on the exam.
So those are my thoughts. Figured I'd throw them out there and leave this post for others to provide feedback on the strictly technical aspect of the test. Maybe it'll help give future test takers some pointers to look out for.
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